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Personally, I think teaching an amateur to turn their hips by 45 degrees and their shoulder by 90 degrees can be truly detrimental especially to folks who are not flexible at all. This also engrains a false swing concept that power (from twisting their body) is stored at the top of the back swing. 

 

Interested to know everyone's pet peeves.

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Just now, khalespace said:

Right after a bad swing. You lifted your head, keep it down.

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Keep your head down.

Keep your lead arm straight.

Keep your trail elbow in jammed against your side.

 

Hmmm...

Bend your knees!

Hit down on the ball!

 

 

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Head down

Weight on the heels at setup

Get back to square-- what does that even mean?

Swing out to right field

Drop your right shoulder to start the downswing

slide your hips towards the target to start the downswing

Shift your weight

Hit down on the ball

Don't break your wrists-- again, I have no idea what that means.

 

 

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On 12/3/2021 at 2:31 PM, glk said:

All of them that don’t apply to the golfer at hand.

This is it. To add, almost anything listed in this thread can be extremely valuable as a feel for the right player. There is almost no feel that is objectively right or wrong if given proper explanation and context. That’s the problem with swing tips. They are almost always taken out of context and the  “why” and “how” are never explained in detail. 

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YouTube is a great place to pick up tips to improve your game 🤦‍♂️

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On 12/3/2021 at 4:07 PM, SwingBlues said:

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Agree but it's a great life tip. 

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1 minute ago, PowerFade36 said:

High handicap here.

Why is Head Down a bad tip?

The simple answer it’s not the root cause of the problem.  It’s the equivalent of holding your breath to stop coughing.

 

The intent to keep the head down usually makes things worse and I have yet to see anyone skull a chip or top a shot because they lifted their head.

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1 minute ago, MonteScheinblum said:

The simple answer it’s not the root cause of the problem.  It’s the equivalent of holding your breath to stop coughing.

 

The intent to keep the head down usually makes things worse and I have yet to see anyone skull a chip or top a shot because they lifted their head.

Thanks for this.

For topped shots, what are usually the root causes?

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Tips fall into three categories

 

1.  Universally unhelpful or bad long term. e.g. Keep your head down.  There are so many of these and the irony is, it’s most of the things spouted on driving ranges across the world.

2.  Tips that can be good or bad depending on the issue the golfer has.  e.g. Your left arm needs to come away from your chest to start the downswing.  Most good information falls in this category.  It has to apply to you.

3.  Long term, almost universally good for all golfers.  e.g. Pressure shift needs to happen before backswing is complete.

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8 minutes ago, PowerFade36 said:

Thanks for this.

For topped shots, what are usually the root causes?

Too many to list all of them.

 

Too bent over at address

Poor pressure shift

Shaft too vertical to start downswing

Staying down too much in backswing 

Rear shoulder dropping early or excessively

Firing lower body too early, too much, or the wrong way

 

That’s not close to comprehensive and no amount of keeping your head down is going to help any of these and likely to make a few of them worse.

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Keep your head down (any reiteration of that with the idea that you are not getting the ball airborne because your picked up your head)

 

In order to hit a draw, roll your wrists and forearms thru the ball.

 

Shorter swings are more accurate and consistent.

 

Have a flat spine at address.

 

Have a slow backswing.

 

 

 

 

 

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